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Hastings boys' golf plays in first meet of the 2019 season

Junior Riley Biermaier shot a 45 to round the Raiders four scores used for their team score of 168. Biermaier, sophomore Joe Benson and eighth-grader Charlie Williams all shot 45s. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
Junior Sam Brown shot a 43 April 18 at Bellwood Oaks Golf Club, a local course just south of Hastings on Hwy. 61. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Junior Terry Kuhn golfed in the No. 1 spot for the Raiders and shot a 42 to help Hastings to a second-place finish behind Simley and ahead of Henry Sibley on Thursday. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Junior Jack Klimek was a co-medalist during Hastings' meet at Bellwood Oaks Golf Club after shooting a 38 nine-hole score on Thursday, April 18. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

The Hastings Raiders boys' golf team played in their first match of the 2019 season Thursday afternoon, April 18, at the local Bellwood Oaks Golf Club. The Raiders hosted Metro East Conference rivals Simley and Henry Sibley for their home meet on a chilly and windy day that saw spits of rain. Hastings took second with a nine-hol score of 168—the combined total of the four top scores out of the six varsity golfers—which was 10 behind winner Simley with a 158. Henry Sibley came in third with a 198. Junior Jack Klimek was a co-medalist as he and another golfer from Simley both shot 38s.

Klimek led the Raiders with his 38 that saw him bogey the first two holes and then par the last seven. Fellow juniors Terry Kuhn and Sam Brown shot 42 and 43 respectively. Rounding out varsity were junior Riley Biermaier, sophomore Joe Benson and eighth-grader Charlie Williams each shoot 45s.

Head coach Pete McGinnis said after the meet that overall he was satisfied with his team's first action of the season. However, he said going forward in the future they will need to hit more fairways and greens in regulation to give themselves better chances to score in general. He also said their putting will need to be better as well. McGinnis often emphasizes a methodical approach around the golf course for his players that includes hitting the spots that suit their games.

Hastings will go to Inverwood Golf Course on Tuesday, April 23, where they will face Simley and Tartan. The next day they head to Manitou Ridge Golf Course and will play against North St. Paul and St. Thomas Academy.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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